Dharmadhikarin, aka: Dharma-adhikarin, Dharmādhikārin; 2 Definition(s)

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In Hinduism

Dharmashastra (religious law)

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Dharmādhikārin (धर्माधिकारिन्, “chief judge”).—In religious and moral matters—in cases of violation of personal law or religious norms—it was often a kind of religious court (brahmasabhā, pariṣad) of more or less learned Brahmins which administered and decided on penances. A chief judge occasionally called “dharmādhikārin” headed it. The brahmasabhā and also caste councils (jātisabhā) could expel individuals from their caste on grounds of impurity or impose fees and other sanctions.

Source: Google Books: Hinduism and Law: An Introduction
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Dharmashastra (धर्मशास्त्र, dharmaśāstra) contains the instructions (shastra) regarding religious conduct of livelihood (dharma), ceremonies, jurisprudence (study of law) and more. It is categorized as smriti, an important and authoritative selection of books dealing with the Hindu lifestyle.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Dharmādhikārin (धर्माधिकारिन्).—m. a judge, magistrate, any judicial functionary.

Dharmādhikārin is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms dharma and adhikārin (अधिकारिन्). See also (synonyms): dharmādhikaraṇika.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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